TWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2492 times:
It has been awhile since I have seen a thread on this topic and I was also kind of curious about it for the Christmas Season. Judging from B&H, it looks like there are two major players - Epson and Smartdisk.
Do any of you have experience with these or other drives? Any info is appreciated. Thanks,
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IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2460 times:
Quoting INNflight (Reply 3): I've got a 40GB PD7X image tank, that's enough for me. It's fast, not very expensive and suitable for most kinds of memory cards.
I have that one too and it's cost me many pictures I took in Australia, as it corrupted my files and later stopped working all together (getting errors all the time). I had it replaced with another one in Singapore and that one works alright I guess, but the battery life is appalling. Empty two cards (256 or 512) and it's (new!) batteries are practically drained. With 2Gb in CF cards I hardly use it though. I've read many reviews on-line about this device and most of them are negative. But the company that manufactures these denied all complaints of course. I have a bad experience, but if you're happy with it, no problem then.
Dendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1732 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
I use a 40 GB Smart disk and it is great. I have 3 Gb of cards and so usually leave the Smartdisk in the hotel and dump the images into it at the end of the day. The device stores the RAW files but reads the embedded low resolution JPEG
I find it impossible to not have a look at the images and though the smallish screen is rather soft it is useful to check that there are no major problems. If used simply for storing the battery life is not too bad, Using it for viewing it is inevitably pretty short, but by sticking to using the hotel room, I only use it on the power supply.
The SmartDisk stays at home on my days out, but on holiday I would be lost without it
Same system I've been using for over a year now. One cool thing about these devices is you can run a line from the drive into a standard TV. While I won't say the resolution on that has been fabulous, I'm sure the new models are better than what I've got. It's been well worth the $450 to not have to take a laptop on week-long trips.
Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2399 times:
I use Kangaroo Hard drive with 6 different slots for your cards. 20GB, compact size, and very light. Downside is long tranfer times (512MB card in 5 minutes), and short battery time. When HD is fully charged you can transfer 4GB worth of pictures before you drain them. $150 from TigerDirect.com